Tuition waivers for former youth in care

About tuition waivers

The Youth in Care Tuition Waiver covers the cost of tuition for eligible students' undergraduate studies. The purpose of this waiver is to reduce the financial cost of post-secondary education for youth aging out of care who might not otherwise be able to attend university.

The waiver will cover full tuition for residents of BC who have lived as a Youth in Care in BC, as defined below. 

Definition of youth in care

As defined by the Child, Family and Community Service Act, a youth in care is someone who has been one of the following

  • In the continuing custody of the director under the Child, Family and Community Service Act or a delegated Aboriginal agency for at least one year between the ages of 12 and 19;

  • In the guardianship of a director as referred to in the Family Law Act for at least one year between the ages of 12 and 19;

  • Under a Youth Agreement at their 19th birthday; or

  • In the temporary care of the director under the Child, Family and Community Service Act or a delegated Aboriginal agency for a minimum period of three years between the ages of 12 and 19.

Am I eligible?

  • Applicants for the waiver must have started post-secondary education within five years of being in care, and enroll in their first undergraduate degree at UBC within an additional five years.

  • You must be admitted to an eligible undergraduate degree program.

Eligible programs

Vancouver campus

  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Business in Real Estate*
  • Bachelor of Commerce*
  • Bachelor of Dental Science (Dental Hygiene)
  • Bachelor of Environmental Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of International Economics*
  • Bachelor of Kinesiology
  • Bachelor of Media Studies
  • Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Forestry
  • Bachelor of Science in Forestry Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy*
  • Bachelor of Science in Agroecology
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Wood Products Processing
  • Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation
  • Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition and Health
  • Bachelor of Science in Global Resource Systems
  • Bachelor of Social Work

*indicates a program with differentiated tuition

Okanagan campus

  • Bachelor of Applied Science

  • Bachelor of Arts

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts

  • Bachelor of Human Kinetics

  • Bachelor of Management

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  • Bachelor of Science

How to apply

Please download and complete the application form and return it to Enrolment Services after you apply for admission to UBC.

Vancouver campus
Brock Hall | 1874 East Mall
604.822.9836 | Toll-free (Canada and US) 1.877.272.1422
financial.support@askme.ubc.ca

Okanagan campus
University Centre | 3333 University Way
250.807.9100 | Toll-free (Canada and US) 1.866.596.0767 
awards.inquiry.ubco@ubc.ca

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